We have a network of > 60 BioMentors who are available to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science entrepreneurs across the State of Oregon.

Our BioMentors have valuable expertise in a wide range of business topics that are integral to the success of early-stage life science companies, including:

  • Accounting
  • Legal / IP
  • Licensing
  • Private funding
  • Government funding
  • Product development (therapeutic, diagnostic, device, tech)
  • Regulatory / FDA
  • Manufacturing/Supply Chain
  • Market analysis
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Business plan / Commercialization strategy

Robert D. Allen, PhD, Scientific Director, OTRADI
Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Allen is a principal investigator, with eight years of work on the discovery and preclinical characterization of a broad catalogue of human disease therapeutics.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can assist companies with research and development strategies for therapeutic or diagnostic development. I also can provide critical feedback and input on preparation of grant proposals (SBIR, STTR, R21, RO1) aimed at funding these efforts.”

Andrew Barofsky, president, CEO, co-founder
RevMedx, Inc.

Summary of Experience:

In addition to his role at RevMedx, Mr. Barofsky is executive vice president and general counsel for the Oregon Biomedical Engineering Institute, Inc. (OBEI) where he is responsible for all aspects of technology commercialization, contracting, operations and financial management. He also provides strategic input on research and development strategies for OBEI.

Previously he was a member of the intellectual property and business groups of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. a leading Pacific Northwest law firm. Before that he practiced law at Boston-based Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault, LLP, a global legal services provider for emerging growth companies.

Mr. Barofsky began his career as a scientist at the Oregon Medical Laser Center where he helped establish the center’s biomaterial program. He currently serves on the board of the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI), the Oregon Bioscience Association and the University of Portland Center for Entrepreneurship’s Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program.

He earned his BS in biochemistry from the University of Oregon and his JD and MBA from Boston College. Mr. Barofsky is a registered patent attorney and a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help entrepreneurs with questions regarding intellectual property and patents, startup funding, government funded research and development, medical device regulatory and quality, product development and manufacturing.”

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Thomas Barrett, MD, MCR, President and CMO
Sympano

Summary of Experience:

Tom is a hospitalist physician taking care of sick patients admitted to the hospital. He has 20 years of clinical experience. As a hospitalist, he has been able to stay abreast of leading clinical needs and technologies and has experience at the national level with clinical thought leaders. He is also a physician entrepreneur and has founded a biotech startup in the diagnostics area. He has experience collaborating with bioengineers for over 10 years and understands the importance of multidisciplinary teams. His expertise is in assessing clinical applications for technology.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can assist in clinical applications for technology for patient care. My knowledge as a physician with clinical ecosystems from health care industry to large systems of care to the single patient can assist in identifying opportunities for biotechnology applications. I can also assist in clarifying pressure points and likelihood of adoption of technology.”

Kenneth Bates, PhD, President
Applied Concepts LLC

Summary of Experience:

Since 1989, Dr. Bates has been president of Applied Concepts LLC consulting. As an international consultant, he has helped clients to evaluate and develop numerous medical products for ultrasonic imaging and therapy, transducer design, blood pressure monitoring sensors, cardiac EKG and phonocardiography, medical Doppler instrumentation, intravascular acoustic imaging, semi-conductor wafer inspection, laser interferometry, and atomic force microscopy.

He has assisted management with acquisitions, product evaluations, product development, quality control, and hiring of key technical personnel. Periodically Dr. Bates organizes and leads teams of consulting engineers in the development of product designs for client corporations. On two occasions he has taken temporary senior managerial roles to aid clients with more extensive projects.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help entrepreneurs understand the business aspects of technical innovation and its impact on product development, particularly the development of medical devices.”

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Angela Blackwell, Senior Consultant
Blackwell Device Consulting

Summary of Experience:

I was a reviewer at the Center for Devices at FDA. I have dealt with devices and combination products as an FDA employee and as a consultant for more than 20 years. I specialize in products which don’t fit neatly into classification boxes. I can help your firm get an idea of their regulatory path and the testing requirements.

Mentoring Services Provided:

I can give companies an idea of when the best time is to talk to FDA about the submission requirements for their device. I will provide an initial read on their path and testing requirements as long as the submitted material is less than 60 pages. I can also review the regulatory section of grants.

Dr. P. Douglas Boatman
Connect Biopharma

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Boatman is an expert in managing medicinal chemistry and drug development. During his 20 years of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries he has advanced several programs through discovery research into clinical trials and clinical development at Connect and Arena Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Boatman is also a member of review panels for NIH SBIR grant applications and has authored funded applications.

Mentoring Services Provided:

I am prepared to mentor in all aspects of drug discovery and development and on SBIR application preparation in any field.”

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Jane Boutwell, Principal
JB Communications

Summary of Experience:

Utilizing communication tools and techniques, Jane works with individuals and organizations to improve corporate culture, drive change, and encourage a positive working environment.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“If you have the idea, I can help you pitch it! I’ll work with you on speaking techniques that will keep your audience engaged, inspire action, and leave them wanting more.”

Beau Buck, CEO
IPRX, LLC

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Buck is an experienced California entrepreneur in life sciences, mobile, internet, gaming, and social. He also is a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) mentor.

His broad business background includes successes in life sciences, internet commerce, mobile, social media, online multiplayer gaming, and online media. He’s been at or near the epicenter of major events in all of these areas as founder, co-founder, or early employee.

He also served as a mentor to the American Film Institute’s Advanced TC Workshop and is familiar with Lean Canvas and other structured planning methods, and is experienced in private equity and commercial real estate.

Currently a seed fund manager, Mr. Buck’s company, IPRX, LLC, specializes in helping entrepreneurs move technology out of the lab and into the market. His interests include art, mycology and mycelia networks, gamification, biomimicry, social systems, propaganda, quorum intelligence, bioengineering, robotics, biologic and geometric systems to simplify and address problems which we see (today) as intractable: geeky stuff in general.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I bring a different skillset. I am neither an academic nor a scientist, but I do lead a team that includes scientists. I can advise on ways to articulate a value proposition in consumer English and discuss ways to connect to the parties needed to advance an idea to the commercialization phase.”

Anne Carlson, PhD, patent agent

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Carlson is an experienced scientist and patent agent with more than 10 years of experience in the preparation and prosecution of US and foreign utility patents. She specializes in the following areas: biotechnology (including molecular and cell biology), plant biology, biochemistry, oncology, genetics, infectious diseases and immunology. Her experience includes prior art searches and patentability analyses. Dr. Carlson also has more than 10 years of practical laboratory experience. Her doctoral studies focused on the molecular processes that control retinoid transport and metabolism in the mammalian eye. Postdoctoral research has included the examination of the molecular events that regulate the growth and development of normal and leukemic blood cells.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can discuss the general principles and practice of patent prosecution with entrepreneurs/companies, as well as the tools and strategies that can be used prior to filing a patent application and the pitfalls to avoid. These initial discussions will not involve details of the invention itself. I am available for general consulting relating to scientific projects of all kinds.”

Anne Carlson, PhD, patent agent

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Carlson is an experienced scientist and patent agent with more than 10 years of experience in the preparation and prosecution of US and foreign utility patents. She specializes in the following areas: biotechnology (including molecular and cell biology), plant biology, biochemistry, oncology, genetics, infectious diseases and immunology. Her experience includes prior art searches and patentability analyses. Dr. Carlson also has more than 10 years of practical laboratory experience. Her doctoral studies focused on the molecular processes that control retinoid transport and metabolism in the mammalian eye. Postdoctoral research has included the examination of the molecular events that regulate the growth and development of normal and leukemic blood cells.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can discuss the general principles and practice of patent prosecution with entrepreneurs/companies, as well as the tools and strategies that can be used prior to filing a patent application and the pitfalls to avoid. These initial discussions will not involve details of the invention itself. I am available for general consulting relating to scientific projects of all kinds.”

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Claire Celeste Carnes, Partner
Providence

Summary of Experience:

Claire Celeste has been with Providence for eight+ years, parlaying her experience in telehealth, digital, and interactive strategies into her role on the venture team, where she has been a partner for the past year and a half. Combining her passion for the consumer experience with knowledge of health care technology solutions, Claire Celeste is focused on early stage companies.

Prior to Providence, Claire Celeste spent a decade at Intel, including stints in new business, internet marketing, sales and management. Before Intel, Claire Celeste spent two years in brand management, three years in advertising, and worked for a start-up until its acquisition. She received her master’s degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from Washington State University.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help companies improve and refine their strategies and develop or refine their go-to-market plans. I can provide feedback from the perspective of a prospective investor.”

Kevin. B. Clark, PhD, Consultant /Principal Investigator Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; Science Advisor Cures Within Reach and Collaborator at NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics.
Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Clark has held basic and/or clinical research appointments at Oregon State University, Southern Illinois University, and the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Among other professional activities, Dr. Clark has served as member of many professional societies, editor for professional journals and technical books, member of proprietary and independent nonprofit science advisory boards for new and rediscovery medical science and clinical practice: Senior Scientist, Board of Directors member, and Vice President of Finance and Partnership Development of an Ivy League and Oxbridge science and technology consortium (Complex Biological Systems Alliance): and consultant and collaborator to the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment at the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Biological Collaborative Research Environment at the University of Illinois’ NIH Center of Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics. He has (co)authored over 50 peer-review scientific journal articles and book chapters, helped generate millions of US dollars in federal and industry-partnered research funding, and licensed several patents. Dr. Clark’s award-winning research and patented inventions improving learning, memory, and recovery from traumatic brain injury through peripheral neuromodulation gained recognition from MacArthur fellow Dr. James McGaugh and other members of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. This work was instrumental in the US Food and Drug Administration’s decision to approve Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for complex-partial seizures, the only medical device currently marketed for treatment of convulsive epilepsy, and has encouraged potential derivative medical indications for VNS, including treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and tinnitus, among other pathologies. Complementing this area of endeavor, Dr. Clark’s more recent work, stemming from collaborations with the late Dr. Sidney Fox, student and colleague of Nobelists Thomas Hunt Morgan and Linus Pauling, concentrates on rational design and application of smart pharmaceuticals, including drugs as well as nano- and microscale devices. Dr. Clark’s successes in nano- and microscience show promising advances in repurposed and next-generation smart technologies useful for theragnostic and regenerative medicine, in addition to other medical, industrial, and national defense purposes.

Mentoring Services Provided:

Dr. Clark can mentor in areas of partnership development to encourage research, development and commercialization of intellectual property and to provide venture capital investment, grant and endowment monies for business growth. From his extensive professional research experience in the medical science of drug and device design and repurposing, he also can advise on science and technology funding, product trends, basic science and clinical protocols. In addition he can counsel on reduction-to-practice and technology transfer strategies for neuroscience and microbiology interests.

Kate Corcoran, Ph.D. Managing Director
Allegory Venture Partners

Summary of Experience:

Allegory Venture Partners is a venture capital firm jointly based in Portland and Houston. Previously, Dr. Corcoran has held executive roles leading corporate development, first at Isis Pharmaceuticals and subsequently at AccelRx Pharmaceuticals.

In addition, she spent several years as a National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)-licensed, sell-side equity research analyst covering the small cap biotechnology/life sciences sector. She was also a founding associate editor of the journal Cancer Cell.

Dr. Corcoran graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A., earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Duke University, and was recipient of the first annual Harold M. Weintraub National Graduate Student of the Year Award. She also serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Bioscience Association.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can offer advice to companies and entrepreneurs regarding funding opportunities and business evolution, and I am also interested in connecting with prospective executives with operational experience in life sciences businesses.”

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Simon Craw

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Craw has 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry including 8 years at Merck, 5 years at ACADIA & 5 years at International Stem Cell Corporation. Ex-board member of UCSD Ext. bioinformatics program and Lifeline Skin Care a commercially successful dermatology business. He is an expert in investor relations, financing, business development, commercial and technical operations.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help refine and validate ideas, business plans, market analyses, investor pitches and out-licensing opportunities. I can advice management on best practices in setting up corporate communications programs, operational and IT infrastructure.”

Frank X. Curci, attorney/partner
Ater Wynne LLP

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Curci specializes in intellectual property, technology and business law. His clients include companies in the bioscience and high tech industries. He represents these clients in a broad range of intellectual property issues and other commercial transactions including: patent/technology licensing; multi-party collaborations; clinical trial agreements and research matters; technology transfer issues; overall protection, commercialization and use of the client’s intellectual property rights, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets; and corporate formations and the corporate governance and operations of that business entity.

Mr. has developed a bioscience practice in the Pacific Northwest, representing bioscience companies and bioscince research institutions. He is also active in bioscience-related associations. At present he is a member of the Board of Directors Cancer Research and Biostatistics, a Seattle-based institution. He is an Advisory Board member of the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator (OBI). He also is an organizer of the Pacific Northwest Life Sciences Executive Forum, a roundtable for C-level executives from bioscience research institutions.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I represent companies in all the above referenced matters, including technology/intellectual property, patent/technology licensing, multi-party collaboration agreements and the overall protection, commercialization and use of clients’ intellectual property rights. I specialize in research matters, including clinical trial agreements, material transfer agreements, bioscience collaboration agreements, sponsored research with universities, and other research issues. As mentioned above, I also work with these companies on corporate matters, such as company formation and the governance of those entities.

I provide a no-charge consultation of approximately one hour for each bio company I mentor. This can be used for general discussion, but not for review of specific contracts.”

Jon Down, PhD, Strategy and Entrepreneurship Professor
University of Portland

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Down is a professor at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business. His interests in teaching, research and consulting blend strategy, entrepreneurship and finance in technology environments.

Example projects include leading a study of the state of entrepreneurship in Portland and an examination of how firms achieve the right balance of strategic flexibility in their planning systems.

His degrees include a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a PhD in strategic management from University of Washington.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I am able to help companies and entrepreneurs think about and articulate their business model and strategies.”

Duffy DuFresne, partner
Alignment Ventures

Summary of Experience:

Mr. DuFresne has 35 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. He currently is CEO of Medrock, a Portland-based medical device firm, CBO of TomegaVax, a vaccine firm spun out of OHSU, as well as a partner in Alignment Ventures. Previously he served as CEO of Ischemix, Pacgen, Zelos Therapeutics, ConjuChem, Inc and Anika Therapeutics. Duffy has raised more than $200 million in equity for the companies he has run and negotiated a large number of partnering/licensing agreements. His medical device and pharmaceutical industry experience includes general management at Baxter Laboratories and Boots Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. DuFresne serves on several corporate boards as well as the board for the Portland chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. He also is a strategic advisory group member at OHSU. He earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Mentoring Services Provided:

Mr. DuFresne can provide early stage life science firms with advice related to raising finance, developing business plans, negotiating partnering agreements, in-licensing intellectual property, structuring business presentations and general strategy/planning.

Ryan Dunlap, Vice President, chief financial officer
Galena Biopharma, Inc (NASDAQ: GALE)

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Dunlap has more than 17 years of experience in finance and accounting, including the role he assumed at Galena in 2012. Prior to that he was in public accounting at large national and regional accounting firms working principally with technology and life science clients.

His career also includes positions in financial management with manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems and Nike, Inc. where he planned and executed business process and financial audits and had a leading role in Sarbanes Oxley implementation.

Mr. Dunlap holds a BS degree in accounting from University of Oregon. He also serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Bioscience Association, and as its treasurer.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“As a CPA for more than 17 years in both public accounting and industry, I have helped high growth companies get to the next level. I am prepared to assist with issues around financial reporting, fundraising, investor relations, enterprise risk management and fiscal strategy. I also can be helpful with mergers, acquisitions and other collaborative arrangements, out-licensing and in-licensing, SEC compliance, business processes, corporate governance and organizational leadership development.”

David F. Eastman
Gamma Therapeutics, Inc.

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Eastman has 35 years of experience in the life science industry as an executive who develops and launches products and startup ventures in biotechnology, medical devices, systems and software. Formerly he was interim CEO at Yecuris; Chairman, OHSU Venture Start Up Advisory Group; BOD, MagnetoOrganics and NeuraMedica; senior product marketing executive at Becton Dickinson, Fresenius and Cordis Dow Medical; and managed or consulted in the launch of 26 Oregon life science venture startups.

Mr. Eastman actively works with Oregon life science scientists and physicians inventors in launching their startups. He also mentors doctoral and MST/MBA students at OHSU, PSU, U of P, OSU and UO. He is active in the Oregon venture community through the Oregon Bioscience Association and the Oregon Entrepreneur Network.

Mr. Eastman holds a BS in marketing from the University of North Colorado, an MS in marketing, business and design from the University of Oregon and has an Executive Medical Product Marketing MBA certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I have long term experience in working with scientist and physician inventors, high technology inventors and founders and semiconductor industry inventors in the areas of executive management, strategic planning, marketing strategy, business plan development, new markets’ research, operations/finances, product management, new product launch, angel/venture investment, strategic partnering, channel sales relationships, international distribution and industrial design implementation.”

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Eric Eggers,
Principal, Digital Health Consult
Founder / CEO, kBLASTER

Summary of Experience:

I perform regulatory strategy for digital health companies on potential paths free of FDA regulation and regulatory/quality affairs services for FDA regulated digital health and medical device companies. I developed and run kBLASTER®, an actionable insight SaaS search of the entire contents of publicly available FDA 510(k) summaries when seeking a predicate for a 510(k) submission. kBLASTER® also offers consulting for customers needing 510(k) submissions services.

Mentoring Services Provided:

I strategically assist companies ranging from pre-revenue to mature medical device and/or digital health companies when trying to navigate the FDA regulatory landscape for their product(s). I also perform regulatory affairs and quality affairs services for FDA regulated medical device and/or digital health companies, so they can meet their FDA compliance requirements, including 510(k) submissions for FDA clearance to market product.

Chris Elsenbach, managing director
Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Elsenbach has been active in commercial real estate in Portland for more than 15 years. His focus is on companies and organizations in the technology and biotechnology sectors.

Prior to JLL he was managing principal, Cresa Partners. His awards and honors include being named Costar Power Broker of the Year six times.

Mr. Elsenbach has a BS degree in Economics from Portland State University.

He has assisted several startup companies in securing leases that are “flexible, cost effective and support each company’s vision with minimum cash outlay and maximum security.”

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can assist startup companies in navigating the real estate market, planning for the right space and negotiating lease terms by dealing with issues that often arise for early stage businesses; such as who pays for tenant improvements and how much of a security deposit is required.”

David H. Farrell, PhD, FAHA; Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Gamma Therapeutics, Inc.

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Farrell has 35 years of research experience in coagulation, hemostasis and thrombosis, with 21 of those as Principal Investigator; Professor of Surgery, OHSU; Co-Chair of the American Heart Association Thrombosis BSci 2 Study Section; elected Fellow of the American Heart Association; Director of the OHSU Health Sciences Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. He also serviced on SBIR/STTR study sections for the National Institutes of Health and is a recipient of SBIR and STTR grants. He founded Gamma Therapeutics in 2009.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can provide mentoring in non-dilutive funding sources, particularly SBIR/STTR and Department of Defense grants. I also can provide advice on commercializing translational research in a university setting.”

David Forman, partner
Tonkon Torp LLP

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Forman is co-chair of the Entrepreneurial Services Group and member of the Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Groups at his law firm. His areas of legal expertise include: corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions and business consulting. He advises emerging, small and mid-market private companies in their general corporate, financing and transactional business. He also has experience assisting founders, managers and investors to recognize and achieve their strategic goals.

Mr. Forman has been recognized since 2013 in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in corporate and mergers acquisitions law. He was named by the Portland Business Journal in 2004 as one of the 40 most influential community and business leaders under the age of 40.

Mr. Forman is an active civic volunteer and has participated in startup-related events and forums.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I will provide guidance in all areas of growth and corporate governance from the initial choice of entity to exit strategies. I also can serve as a resource for financing, including clarifying investor’s expectations for different investment rounds both before and after the investment is made.

Peter Galen

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Galen has worked in medical device companies for 30 years and released more than 50 products. He has worked as an engineer, project manager, director, VP and CEO. His experience working at all levels in the business enables him to understand the details, as well as the “big picture,” which results in successful solutions and high quality product launches.

Mr. Galen has had two successful company exits, the most recent a company focused on preventing blindness, Quantum Catch Corp. This was sold to an Australian non-profit company. He also co-founded and ran CardioDigital, Inc. to Covidien (formerly Tyco Healthcare).

Mr. Galen’s experience in product development and manufacturing began in Asia in the late 80s and included setting up a Welch Allyn R & D affiliate in Singapore for emerging companies. He also managed a large cardiovascular lab for Hewlett Packard.

Mr. Galen has had more than 16 patents issued and 15 more that are pending. He serves on several boards and helps two universities with their translational activities. He has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MS in Electrical Engineering with a biomedical focus from the University of Washington.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can advise companies with determining a good business model and product development strategy. I also can assist with funding sources, licensing and sale trade-offs.”

Wendy R. Gerlach, JD, attorney
Gerlach Law and Communications

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Gerlach has more than 25 years of experience including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, international structures and transactions, pharmaceutical licensing, corporate and individual taxation and estate planning.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I have experience in many areas of business and tax law and can counsel companies/individuals in these areas. I can answer questions about legal entities, tax situations and protection of technology and other rights and am not now representing clients in these areas.”

Jeff T. Gautschi, Ph.D, Chemistry instructor
Oregon State University and OSU-Cascades

Summary of Experience:

Dr.Gautschi teaches organic chemistry and performs research with his students on the natural product chemistry of genetically-modified fungi for antibiotic potential. Previously, he worked in business and science directorship roles at Bend Research and Agere Pharmaceuticals. He holds patents and publications on in vitro drug species testing for advanced drug delivery technologies.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I am happy to share my experiences and background as a chemist involved in multiple start-ups. As the first employee of Agere Pharmaceuticals from its start-up days, I had to wear many hats, from research chemist to business and corporate development to hiring manager to janitor! Growing pains can be real, but many of the rewards are well worth the efforts, diligence, and patience needed to move a bioscience company from a few employees to tens of employees.

As a science writer for the start-up CyberEd in the late nineties, I played detailed roles as that garage-based firm grew and was sold to Penguin Eduction. As a business development director at Bend Research during their transition to a multi-client business, I experienced first-hand the need to sell your ideas and science to the science community worldwide.”

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Suzanne Hanifin, CEO
Acumen Executive Search

Summary of Experience:

After 16 years of recruiting, I still love what I do. As the owner of Acumen Executive Search and Acumen Talent Search, I see myself as, more than anything, a matchmaker – bringing together two parties so they may partner in accomplishing business goals. At Acumen, we value innovation, creativity, and dedication in order to produce results – transcending values across most fields. As Bio-Tech companies set out to explore new innovations, having the right people with the needed technical skill set as well as soft skills is what helps to drive the innovation. Without the right people, with a common mindset, goal, and complementary work style, tasks cannot be completed – and finding those people is what makes my job so fun. At Acumen, we believe that all great companies start with it’s people. I am thankful to have been included in the OBI Bio Mentor Program.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help organizations identify current employee needs and aligning them with future goals by helping with workforce strategies, organizational development, and job descriptions.”

Eric Hanson, MD, MPH, CEO
Tier 7

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Hanson is residency trained in preventive and aerospace medicine. He has an MPH degree in epidemiology with a genetics concentration from Johns Hopkins. He was formerly Division Chief of Science and Technology at the US Air Force Surgeon General’s Office. Dr. Hanson has founded five companies, including Advanced Medical Imaging and Genetics.

His current company, Tier 7, identifies biomedical technologies that improve the delivery of health care for service personnel in war situations. Tier 7 connects the technologies of industry with researchers in DOD and other federal agencies. In total, Dr. Hanson has been awarded more than $68 million in research grants as a PI. He has published four books, 24 articles and eight patents. He is an affiliate Associate Professor at OHSU in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology.

Dr. Hanson serves on several science advisory boards and is President of the St. Andrew Foundation Board of Directors.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I work with companies whose biomedical technologies can improve the delivery of healthcare for our warfighters. I can assess if your technology fits desired Department of Defense capabilities/requirements and determine what innovations would be required for operational use. I can assist in connecting your company with Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) with DoD that can improve your likelihood of award success.”

Joel Hayflick, PhD, Senior Director, Biologics R and D Strategy and Development
Teva Pharmaceuticals

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Hayflick is a veteran discovery and development scientist in the biopharmaceutical industry. In his current role, he advises translational and formative company groups at several academic institutions. Dr. Hayflick also has consulted for numerous startup companies, creating drug discovery platforms, drug assets and big data analytics services.

From 2010 to 2012 he was Senior Director, Head of External Research and Development Innovation at Pfizer’s Rinat Laboratories, where he sought state-of-the-art platform technologies and drug candidates for partnerships and M and A.

In 2009 he founded StemPar Sciences, a cancer metabolism company, where he served as Vice President of Research. There he developed a pipeline of three promising drug candidates, developed the research strategy and raised seed funding.

Before that, Dr. Hayflick was Senior Oncology Early Development Team Leader at Genentech, where he was responsible for driving five antibody programs from lead selection through Phase Two proof of concept studies. He also has built a target and drug discovery group at ICOS Corp., while holding titles including Associate Director, Science and Principal Scientist.

Among his most significant accomplishments was delivery of Zydelig, a first-in-class PI3K delta small molecule inhibitor at ICOS, which was subsequently developed by Gilead Sciences. Zydelig was approved in the US and Eu in 2014 for patients suffering from follicular lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic lymphoma and small lymphocytic lymphoma.

He also has been involved with other drugs, including Activase (tissue plasminogen activator rhTPA) and human growth hormone (HGH).

He earned a BA in history from Stanford University and PhD in cell biology from Oregon Health Sciences University.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help with corporate research and development strategy, pitch presentations and business development.”

Gordon Hoffman, managing director
Northwest Technology Ventures
Oregon Technology Development Partners

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Hoffman has more than 40 years of experience as an engineer, entrepreneur and venture capital investor. His career includes nuclear physics, the semiconductor industry, electronic design automation software, business consulting, university-based technology commercialization and venture capital. During his career he has started eight separate intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial ventures and served as a founder and senior executive in all of them. His governance experience includes public and private corporate board memberships as well as non-profit memberships and chairmanships. His education spans physics, electrical engineering, business and biotechnology.

Mentoring Services Provided:

As a BioMentor Mr. Hoffman can provide advice and assistance in the areas of business creation, investment strategies and capital sources, market-entry and growth strategies, corporate governance and advisory boards and for companies with origins in the academic/research sector, advice and assistance in working with institutions and researchers.

Daniel Hurwitz, MBA, CPA, financial consultant
CFO Selections

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Hurwitz has a blended professional background from public accounting and industry. He has served a variety of companies as CFO, controller and finance director, principally in the bioscience industry. Areas of expertise include process improvement, managerial finance, financial reporting, cross-functional team management, strategic planning, financial analysis, and startup support.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“My approach to helping young companies is to know about their dreams and try plan realization within the constraints of available resources. In addition I encourage the formation of a good accounting infrastructure to support the company and let others know this is a real enterprise.”

Larry Johnson, regulatory consultant
BioFinity Consulting, LLC

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Johnson has been integrally involved in the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products for the past 38 years. Beginning in 1975 he served in management positions with the US Centers for Disease Control, Abbott Scientific Products Division and Alpha Therapeutic Corporation. He developed and led the regulatory affairs department at Amgen, Inc., serving as the company’s Director of Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Head. In that role he designed and implemented regulatory development strategies for the company’s first five products.

Mr. Johnson has worked as a regulatory affairs consultant in the Portland area since 1989. He has provided drug development and regulatory advice to more than 60 companies located in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan. In his 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Johnson has had primary responsibility for the development, implementation and management of regulatory strategies for biotechnology products, including human therapeutic agents, animal drugs, recombinant vaccines, diagnostic products, blood products and laboratory reagents. He has generated, filed and prosecuted regulatory applications ranging from initial pre-IND documentation to marketing applications in the US and elsewhere. He also has been responsible for quality control/quality assurance efforts in a variety of drug development and manufacturing environments.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I provide advice and assistance in development of regulatory strategies, planning for and development of FDA submissions, resolution of product development challenges, identification of appropriate contract manufacturing/contract research organization assistance and other activities related to development of therapeutic products. I concentrate on the US regulatory system, and my efforts are currently limited to drugs and biologics.”

Michael Jones, financial advisor
Merrill Lynch
Bank of America

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Jones is an experienced corporate manager who has served at senior manager and executive levels at a publicly listed Japanese company in Tokyo, Japan for more than a decade. He successfully led small teams working on specific projects in Operations Management, Human Resources and Corporate Sales to managing the entire country operations which included hundreds of employees.

Mr. Jones served in the US Army and was a combat engineer. He now brings together his dedication for excellence, superior customer service and integrity at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Mr. Jones develops custom financial strategies for his clients, both personally and for their businesses. He earned a BS from Marylhurst University in business leadership and an MBA in finance from Norwich University.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can advise in the areas of general management and leadership, working with business owners. I also can address banking solutions, credit and lending, company benefits planning and investment management.”

Theodore “Ted” Khoury, PhD, assistant professor of management and strategy
Portland State University, School of Business Administration

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Khoury (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) is an Assistant Professor of Management and Strategy at Portland State University and teaches the senior capstone strategic management course within the School of Business Administration. His research focuses on the role of institutions and social forces within entrepreneurship and innovation processes. Within these domains he explores how both formal (reforms; legal and political systems) and informal (social, cultural dimensions) institutions enable or constrain the strategic pursuits of entrepreneurial actors within developing countries and emerging industry settings. His work has been published in the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of World Business, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Management Decision and Global Strategy Journal.

Dr. Khoury also holds a BSE from the University of Michigan, an MSE from the University of Texas at Austin, both in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to pursuing his doctorate in organizational studies, he worked for 12 years in the area of micro/nanotechnology in various senior management and consulting roles related to research and development and product development strategies. He also is the inventor of 42 US patents.

Mentoring Services Provided:

Dr. Khoury’s area of expertise is with regard to alliance strategies-how they can be effectively leveraged towards an IPO or within licensing relationships. He would be happy to answer questions about how to select a good alliance partner, how to manage these relationships effectively, but would not be able to seek alliances or partners or draw up agreements to support these relationships.

Jeff King, Chief Executive Officer
Virogenomics, Inc.

Summary of Experience:

Dr. King leads Virogenomics’ early stage diagnostic and therapeutic development projects. Previously he was senior manager of lead validation at Rosetta Inpharmatics and manager of compound profiling at Acacia Biosciences.
His degrees include a BS in engineering physics from the University of Arizona and a PhD in biophysics from University of California at Berkeley. He conducted postdoctoral research on DNA repair at the University of California, San Francisco and was a Human Frontier Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can provide guidance on SBIR/STTR applications and evaluation of early stage technology and intellectual property.”

Robert A. Kirschner, president and CEO
Center for Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Growth

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Kirschner has worked with universities in licensing technologies and headed startups for telecom, biotech, nanotech and aerodynamic tech. Experienced, strong and able from a hands-on perspective.

He recently wrote a startup manual, written for the non-business entrepreneur, a comprehensive primer on what to do and not to do, what to expect and how to be successful. The manual has 27 appendices, each of which is a hands-on tool for success.

More information on Robert’s background can be found at www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-kirschner/54/775/27a.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I am the business guy. Much like a house needs a strong foundation for it to not fall, so too a startup needs a strong business foundation to not fail. The founder can and should focus upon development and commercialization of products and services. S/he should be able to rely on the business foundation being a positive and not a negative. I have few limits-one is drug commercialization experience. Otherwise my startup experience (JD, MBA, BBA/CPA) and capability are without equal and an excellent fit for entrepreneurs and their startups. I can help avoid the ‘big surprise’-the fatal mistake that serves to kill the opportunity. Other ways I can help include assessing opportunities from investor perspectives, mentoring entrepreneurs to raise money and pre-qualifying startups to investor selection criteria.”

Annette Kolodzie, JD, PhD, Chairman of the Board
ONAMI

Summary of Experience:

Technology innovation and strategic business development executive/attorney

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can offer to companies and entrepreneurs my expertise in strategic business development, in designing and leading technology and applications development programs, and in creating and managing strategic partnerships. I also have knowledge of many issues from practicing business law for a number of years, although I will not provide legal advice.”

Laura Kubisiak
Market Connexions, LLC

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Kubisiak has more than 15 years of executive-level experience in marketing, sales and business development at companies ranging form startup to Fortune 500. Her background encompasses a broad range of technology-based business-to- business markets.

Before moving to the Portland area, she was General Manager and Vice President for the $180 million Kodak Health Imaging western region. She moved to Portland to join a dental device startup as Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Ms. Kubisiak also has served as Marketing Director at MedicaLogic, Director of Corporate Marketing and Global Sales Operations at Planar and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at PacStar. Most recently she was Director of SaleS and Marketing at CP Medical, where she led marketing, sales and customer service.

Ms. Kubisiak has a BS in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Stanford University.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can facilitate strategic planning efforts, and, in particular, assist with the marketing and sales strategies. I also can help convert the marketing and sales strategies into specific “Go to Market” tactics. Having rebranded three companies, I can be a resource for any brand development activities.”

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Jill Lam, Principal / Consulting CFO
PlusPoint Consulting

Summary of Experience:

Jill Lam brings over 20 years experience in financial and operational leadership roles in healthcare, software development, retail and service industries, primarily with companies in high growth phases of their development. Jill brings solid experience and skills in accounting, functional resource optimization and alignment, data-driven business modeling and analysis, process development and controls, financial reporting, data-mining/informatics, and operations. By aligning people, processes and systems, Jill enables her clients to both effectively manage their current business and efficiently scale their accounting/finance function to manage growth. Jill has served as Director of Consulting for AxiomEPM, a financial software company, Director of Finance for FamilyCare Health Plans, Financial Software Implementation Consultant for Business Objects, and Operations Manager for Northwest Medical Services. Jill is currently a Principal with PlusPoint Consulting.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can provide guidance in setting up and managing your accounting and finance systems to support your organization.”

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Anna Leef

Summary of Experience:

  • Accomplished global marketing professional with over 15 years experience in high technology
  • A proven track record of building and motivating cross-functional teams
  • Innovative and energetic problem solver with an excellent sense of teamwork
  • Seeking to deploy my experience in branding and product awareness, strategic marketing and go to market execution, channel management, and digital marketing within a dynamic environment

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I specialize in positioning and crafting messaging specific to your target audience. I can also help identify the target audience and translate complex technical jargon into something that a 5th grader can understand.”

Nathan Lillegard, program manager
Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Oregon

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Lillegard was the co-founder of Floragenex, a genomics company created to commercialize technology from the University of Oregon. His experiences at Floragenex included building a team, raising capital and commercial launch.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I am very interested in helping entrepreneurs navigate the early stages of an idea and how to build value around innovation. I understand early stage IP and licensing issues and am happy to help with the early market validation. My passion is helping entrepreneurs understand that the business model is the product they need to develop.”

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Molly Lindquist, Founder & CEO
Consano

Summary of Experience:

Molly Lindquist, a mom and breast cancer survivor, founded Consano, a 501(c)(3) crowdfunding platform for medical research, after her cancer diagnosis in 2011 at the age of 32. Molly graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and went on to work as an investment banking analyst in the consumer group at Robertson Stephens. After her stint in banking, Molly transitioned into the corporate world, traveling the globe sourcing products for World Market and then doing company planning for the Banana Republic brand of Gap Inc. Molly blogs about her cancer experience for the Huffington Post and was named a 2014 Knowledge Networks Rising Star by Portland Monthly magazine, a 2014 Orchid Award Winner and a 2015 “40 Under 40” award recipient by the Portland Business Journal and a 2015 Honoree of “the one hundred.” She is also the proud recipient of a “Best Mom in the World” mug.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“My pre-Consano work experience focused on corporate finance and strategy so I am happy to chat about financial modeling and strategic planning. Given Consano is a crowdfunding platform, I am happy to also chat about alternative funding opportunities and strategies (including crowdfunding).”

Peter Lovely, PhD, Independent consultant (unincorporated)
Also Founder & President of LuxRay Dental Systems, Inc (early stage)

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Lovely was a founding team member and key technologist for Photon Kinetics, Inc., Fiber SenSys, Inc. and AirAdvice Inc. He is a multi?disciplinary physicist and consultant with deep experience in instrumentation and metrology problems, including biomedical instrumentation, optics, performance enhancement, low?cost design, patents & intellectual property issues, mathematical modeling, analytical methods & algorithms, and finding meaning in data.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I would enjoy assisting entrepreneurs whose primary technology is biomedical (such as molecular biology), but who need good instrumentation and/or analytic methodology to exploit the value. I enjoy developing the vision of a path to commercialization, identifying key technical obstacles and challenges, choosing technical approaches and architectures with the most promise, defining work to be done in partnership with other entities such as academic labs, and analyzing intellectual property positions.

Les Mace, medical device entrepreneur
Les Mace Consulting

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Mace is, and has been a medical device business consultant and has expertise in technology assessment, market analysis, strategic planning, investor presentations, fundraising, public relations and strategic partnerships.

He has been a vice president of research and development and headed general and technical management of corporate R&D, strategic product planning, clinical trials management, intellectual property management, OEM and contract technical sales, multidisciplinary product development, and high technology manufacturing operations.

Before that Mr. Mace was founder and vice president of product development, during which he led business development, product planning, market analysis, product development, regulatory compliance and technology licensing.

Mr. Mace specializes in medical device technology assessment, market research, clinical needs assessment, business strategy, technology licensing, product development, non-invasive medical sensors, physiological monitoring and program management.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I have more than 35 years in various product development management roles that cover a wide range of medical device technologies. I maintain close contact with senior industry specialists as well as keep current with new industry advancements. I am best suited to advise senior management of early stage medtech companies.”

Ralph Makar, RPh, MBA, President and CEO
Azure Biotech Inc.

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Makar is a successful life sciences executive with both US and global experience in strategic leadership, business development and general management; as well as raising capital for both startup and established organizations. His efforts have resulted in the exceptional growth of multiple billion dollar blockbuster brands including Diovan®, Lipitor® and Voltaren® through innovative strategic leadership supported by securing hundreds of millions of dollars in resources. He also has excelled in smaller startup ventures and ran a public company as CEO.

In December 2013 he assumed his current position with Azure Biotech, a privately held women’s healthcare company. Previously he was a consultant to senior level executives and board members with various companies in the pharmaceutical and other sectors.

Mr. Makar served as president, CEO and director for Bioject Medical Technologies Inc. (BJCT) from October 2007 through November 2011. Prior to that he engaged in a number of entrepreneurial ventures providing consulting services with a focus on specialty pharmaceuticals and technology. He led business development and fund raising efforts for Keisense Inc., a technology startup, and co-founded Mesa Therapeutics, an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company, where he retains an advisor role.

Between 2000 and 2005 Mr. Makar served as vice president of marketing, then general manager, for the therapeutic business unit at Berlex Labs, the US division of Schering AG, which later became Bayer Health Care. Prior to that he held strategic and tactical marketing positions at Novartis and Parke-Davis.

Mr. Makar earned a BS in pharmacy from Rutgers College of Pharmacy in Piscataway, New Jersey and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. Currently he is on the board of directors of the Oregon Bioscience Association and Mesa Therapeutics. He also is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can provide strategic and operational guidance to life science organizations. This can involve strategic planning, corporate structuring, board development, financing, early stage R&D, marketing plans, business development, clinical strategies and raising capital in sectors including digital health, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.”

Ajay Malhotra, vice president, technology and media practice
CBRE Commercial Real Estate

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Malhotra has 20 years of experience in the high tech industry. At present he works with commercial real estate, adapting his expertise to solve real estate needs for entrepreneurs. Informally known as “the geek who can speak tech, business and real estate,” Ajay Mr. Malhotra blends his technology expertise with the requirements of business owners and managers. He has had senior executive roles at public multinationals such as Intel and Cadence, in addition to VC-backed startups in software and clean tech.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I am deeply connected in the Portland and startup angel/VC community. I have been a mentor at PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) and TiE Oregon. Because of this I can assist with making connections to this community, or I can guide new business owners with marketing, positioning and pricing. I also can assist companies with finding office space locally, nationally and internationally. This includes leasing, labor analytics and workplace strategy.”

Janina Malone
The Patent Option

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Malone is a patent attorney with a background in biotechnology.

For more than 12 years, she has been drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of pharmaceuticals, novel chemical compounds, immunology, immunotherapy, inhibitors of cellular differentiation, cellular assays, transgenics, siRNA, neurology, biomimetics, biosensors, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, immunology, cell signaling, diagnostics, genomics, medical devices, proteomics, software and nanotechnology.

Ms. Malone began her practice at Kilpatrick and Townsend in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently practices independently in Portland, Oregon.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can discuss overall strategic development of a patent portfolio and potential pitfalls that exist prior to filing; as well as tools and strategies for protecting intellectual property.”

Don Megrath, managing director
VectorPoint Ventures

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Megrath has more than 25 years of business management experience in a variety of industries, serving in numerous roles including founder, investment management professional, multiple senior management positions and board member. Mr. Megrath brings extensive experience in growth capital investing, portfolio company management, entrepreneurship and finance to his engagements. He also is the President of the Portland Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum Angel Investor Group and is an angel investor in select emerging companies based in northwest US.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I will answer questions regarding financing strategy, company investor readiness, structure and other related issues.”

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Ryan Miller, President
Miller Insurance

Summary of Experience:

Ryan Miller has been designing insurance strategies since 1990. He has worked with hundreds of startups and has witnessed the different milestones of business development. From garage startups to International software companies with 300 + employees he and his team have seen the mistakes and successes at each stage. Ryan holds designations as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Work Comp Advisor (CWCA). His team is passionate about educating clients and helping owners accelerate their business models.

Mentoring Services Provided:

  • Prepare entrepreneurs on the insurance demands common in the first two years of business.
  • How to communicate with your insurance agent to obtain the best results.
  • Reviewing requirements from landlords, lenders, customers, State and Federal regulators.
  • How to transition from reactively purchasing insurance to proactively managing risk in high growth companies.
  • Coaching on risk transfer methods that can be used before purchasing insurance.
  • Due diligence strategies when purchasing other businesses.
  • Tips for overtasked HR directors to leverage resources so they can focus on critical items rather than reinventing documents and processes.
  • Looking beyond the transaction of insurance to identify and recapture costs not seen in the
    income and expense report

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Kim A. Morrison
Company Muster

Summary of Experience:

Kim started her career as a respiratory therapist and EMT in Colorado, then moved to Oregon and entered the pharmaceutical industry. Later she earned an MBA and an MIM (International Management) focusing on Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Kim also has certificates in Digital Marketing Strategy and Project Management. Privately she loves hiking with her dogs, hanging out in the garden with her dogs, working from home around the dogs, travel, music and dance.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I help businesses start up and expand as well as provide frameworks around when to go to market, strategies and marketing.”

William Newman, PhD, MBA, managing director
Northwest Technology Ventures
Oregon Technology Development Partners

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Newman has more than 30 years of experience as a scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and venture capital investor. He started his career as a scientist at MIT, developing and validating techniques for planning and delivery cancer therapies based on non-ionizing radiation. His discoveries led to four patents. He left MIT to found a start up based on this research.

Dr. Newman then entered the venture industry to focus on early-stage investments, launching NTV in 2002. He serves on numerous corporate boards within the NTV portfolio and spends time advising students and entrepreneurs on strategies for business launch and growth.

Mentoring Services Provided:

As a BioMentor, Dr. Newman can provide advice and assistance in the areas of business creation, investment strategies and capital sources, market-entry and growth strategies, and, for companies with origins in the academic/research sector, advice and assistance in working with institutions and researchers.

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Andrea Para
Medivici LLC

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Para has several years of experience in implantable medical device R&D, specializing in blood contact devices. She has aided medical device companies with early stage R&D and analyzed technologies for venture investment.

Dr. Para is also a serial entrepreneur, founding her own consulting firm, Medivici LLC (based in St Louis), in addition to serving as the CEO of Miner Technologies, a company developing tools to enable entrepreneurship.

Her degrees include a BS in Biomedical Engineering, a MS in Bioengineering and a PhD in Bioengineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I am interested in helping companies develop their R&D strategy to determine the most impactful testing to reach their goals. I understand early stage startups developing proof of concepts and mid stage refinement for 510(k) submission. Further, I am interested in aiding companies with developing their diligence for venture meetings.”

Dan Pearson, Partner
The WWW Group

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Pearson’s career as a business development professional includes more than 30 years of experience in public relations and public affairs, sales and marketing, internet commerce, market research, advertising and fundraising. He has served corporate, government and non-profit organizations as a senior manager and as a consultant, and co-founded marketing services businesses in Indianapolis, Chicago, Portland and London, England.

Mr. Pearson also headed the healthcare practice for a leading Chicago-based PR agency and has worked for global PR firms including Porter Novelli, Publicis and Citigate. His clients have included, universities, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, insurers, healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers, professional medical associations and government agencies.

He has done creative and technical writing for Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, the Times (London) and other media. He has co-produced stories for TV, print and the Web on topics including cosmetic surgery procedures, hospital infection control and drug delivery technology.

Mr. Pearson holds a BA in journalism from Butler University and an MA in public relations from Ball State University. He has achieved professional accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He has been an active member of Rotary Clubs for more than 20 years and has a soft spot for dog charities.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“Entrepreneurs are uniquely multi-talented individuals. Even the most talented of us, I find, benefit from honest outside input on strategic communications. So, my specialty is assisting startup and mid-stage enterprises in developing and placing mission critical messages. This might involve honing a basic ‘elevator speech,’ naming and detailing new products or services, preparing presentations to investors, getting ready for trade shows, identifying and reaching out to essential audiences. I am available to provide complimentary, no-obligation initial consultation by phone, email or in person.”

Patricia Pearson, President
The WWW Group

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Pearson’s 30 plus years of public relations and marketing experience include founding and managing public relations agencies in the US and England. She has particular PR expertise in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, and bioscience sectors — both nationally and abroad. She has held executive level management positions with international PR firms including Burson Marsteller and Edelman, working with clients such as Eli Lilly & Co, Pfizer and Covidien. She founded an international healthcare branding company, GlobalHealthPR, while working in London. The group, now based in Washington DC, offers international biomedical branding services to companies in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US.

As a former news journalist, she has a strong understanding of and appreciation for traditional media. Her writing has appeared in many print and online publications. She is the author of one book, based on her experiences in southwest France.

Ms. Pearson has founded and/or expanded four companies and sold them, in the marketing communications and other areas.

Prior to establishing The WWW Group in 2012, Ms. Pearson headed the marketing/public relations practice for CFM Strategic Communications, a 25-year-old public affairs company in Portland, Oregon.

She speaks French as a second language and holds a BA in English, psychology and marketing from Ball State University and an MA in journalism and public relations, also from Ball State.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“Combining my own career skills as an educator, entrepreneur and marketer, I find that advising new and emerging business ventures on these business specialties comes naturally. There is no substitute for experience. I am qualified to consult on both marketing and management aspects of business development; and will be pleased to share this knowledge with colleagues in the life science sector.”

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Marc Philouze, Business Advisor
AdviBio, LLC

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Philouze is an executive with a track record of building novel businesses in purpose-driven industries such as Health, Food & Nutrition, and Industrial biotechnology, to create value for investors – Avid learner looking to apply his relentless drive, executive presence and broad scientific aptitudes to bring novel technologies and products to market for maximal differentiation. ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Built revenue-generating industrial biotech from the ground up in less than four years – Attracted >$20M financing. • Built industry-wide brand equity for innovative plant cell culture technology – Health & Nutrition industry recognition as laureate of the 2013 NBJ Innovation Award and Frost & Sullivan 2014 Global Visionary Innovation Leadership Award. • Managed a multi-site >$30M business in the context of a challenging integration. • Attracted and developed key talent to carry change momentum in a growing company. • Jointly built private equity mid-cap life sciences practice. CAPABILITIES • Strategic vision setting for “blue ocean” opportunities • Partnership development • Product Development to target market unmet needs • Strategic selling for novel concepts • Superior learning ability in a science-driven context • Relentless drive to succeed • High self-awareness • Strong resilience vs. uncertainty • Well-rounded multi-cultural management • Deep understanding about value creation process for investors SPECIALTIES CEO | President | Boards | Private Equity | Full P&L | Innovation | Strategic M&A | Post Merger Integration | Product Portfolio Optimization + Management | Change Leadership | Cross-functional Alignment | Consumer Products | Food + Beverage | Biotechnology company | Team Building | Process Improvement | Corporate Development | Life Sciences company | Growth financing | Innovation process | Regulatory approval | GMP compliance | New Product Development | Claim substantiation

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can offer CEO-level business advisory services including corporate strategy, business plan development, product strategy, product launch, press coverage, scientific advisory board management, business development, M&A sourcing and execution, fundraising”

Adrian Polliack, PhD, president
Bridge Biomedical

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Polliack has more than 20 years of experience in new product development, product launch and executive management experience in the medical device area. He is principal at Bridge Biomedical, a management consulting firm, where he assists startups and emerging businesses with new product development and launch, business development and business strategy. Dr. Polliack spent 13 years at SAM Medical, a global provider and manufacturer of medical devices for trauma. At this company he was President and COO for the last eight years.

Previously he was research and development manager at Derma Safe Systems, a medical materials startup. Before that he was project manager at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. During this tenure, he also was adjunct faculty for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Polliack serves on industry association boards, including the Oregon Bioscience Association, which he chaired in 2013. He holds numerous patents worldwide. He earned a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Oxford University, England.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I offer broad area consultation in the medical devices, biomaterials, diagnostics/biomarkers and healthcare space. My areas of focus include executive/founder guidance to those who might not have adequate business knowledge. I also offer new product development strategy, road mapping and management, market research and go-to-market strategy and business development, especially internationally. Additional areas of guidance include patent, supply chain and regulatory advice.”

Peter Roome, PhD, director, enterprise architecture
Cambia Health Solutions

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Roome is a biochemist by training. He chose to follow a technology career path supporting basic science and healthcare. He is a creative, experienced IT executive with background in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and insurance sectors.

His specialties include enterprise architecture, IT service management, Internet technologies, technology engineering, strategic planning and quality assurance. He also has been responsible for business functions including cloud computing, system development, open source software, web hosting, document management, clinical research and clinical systems.

At Cambia Health Solutions, Mr. Roome’s work is focused on the payer’s perspective of healthcare management. He also has held management positions at Merck and The Standard and specialist consulting firms.

His degrees include a BA/BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Southern Methodist University and a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I’m willing to provide guidance on general IT management and strategy. I also can provide a payer’s perspective on new healthcare technologies.”

Kate Ryan, PhD
Ryan Consulting Group

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Ryan has significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry, engineering and scientific research. She founded the Ryan Consulting Group, a company that focuses on medical, commercial and partnership strategies. Dr. Ryan holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah, a post doc at the Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, a BS from the University of Colorado in aerospace engineering and has more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies in both engineering and pharma.

Dr. Ryan serves on a hospital institutional review board, is a scientific advisor with several for profit businesses and holds leadership positions with several science-related non-profit organizations.

Mentoring Services Provided:

Dr. Ryan provides business development consulting to life sciences organizations and has strong expertise in medical, commercial and partnership strategies for concept, startup and mid-size well established companies. Dr. Ryan’s broad range of expertise positions her to offer a global perspective and offer diverse knowledge from a range of disciplines.

Richard (Dick) Rylander
BioPharmaceutical Strategies

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Rylander has more than 40 years in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries. His experience ranges from sales to management, operations, managed care, distribution, orphan diseases, human resources, fundraising, and other areas related to these business areas. He focuses on startups.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help people and companies from early concept development through commercialization, including building a case for funding, evaluation assessment and organization an environment for success. I also can develop presentations to multiple audiences.”

Lisa Saccomanno, PhD, founder and chief science officer
IP+RX

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Saccomanno’s perspective is shaped by more than 15 years of practical laboratory experience with basic research appointments at the University of Utah, Northwestern Medical School and the University of Oregon, as well a practical and entrepreneurial experience with several biotechnology startups.

Her technical background includes work in molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics. She has taken multiple research projects from inception to publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals on topics ranging from RNA editing to post-transcriptional gene regulation and the influence of genetic diversity on attention during learning.

She is motivated by a love of technology and the immense opportunity it holds to improve and change people’s lives. Dr. Saccomanno’s formal education includes a BS in biology and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, both from University of Utah; and a certificate in marketing and Public Relations from University of California, Berkeley.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I understand the challenges facing scientist and physician inventors in research and development, and can help in overcoming hurdles in product commercialization. I take a product oriented and market driven approach. My process is to apply traditional scientific methodology – create a hypothesis and then test to verify market assumptions, validate customer needs and develop new products. I also can help to build networks with owners, buyers, investors and others to advance specific value propositions.”

J. Corey Schmid, investment partner & executive business consultant
Seven Peaks Ventures & Cascade Group

Summary of Experience:

An investment partner with Seven Peaks Ventures and director, management & operating engagements with the Cascadian Consulting Group, Ms. Schmid also serves on the board of Amplion, Inc, is steering committee member for the Bend Bio Consortium, and was a panelist and judge at the 2014 Bend Venture Conference. She also volunteers as a mentor in Bend’s top accelerator, Founder’s Pad and with other local organizations and charities in the Bend community.

Previously she served nine years as business director for several products and medical device divisions at Philips in locations from Bend, Oregon to Vienna, Austria. She scaled up small acquisitions for the corporation, helped with turnaround, product-line divestiture, business growth strategy, new market penetration, and overall general management for stand-alone facilities.

Prior to that, she led product management teams at two start-ups; one in medical software serving the pharmaceutical industry, and the other partnering with AT&T in the telecom market.

Ms. Schmid graduated from Boston College with a BA in human development/psychology, and received an MBA from Portland State University.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can provide introductory strategic guidance on the venture capital investment landscape, critical business growth and change stages as business scales, and/or leadership mentorship and support.”

Kathleen Sego, chief financial officer
WelVU

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Sego is a financial manager with more than 30 years of investment banking, treasury, corporate finance and CFO experience with companies ranging from early stage to Fortune 500. She has raised more than $1 billion of equity during her tenure–$125 million in change of control transactions, $10 million of angel funding, and $900 million in domestic and international structured financings.

Ms. Sego’s industry experience encompasses the high tech industry, utility industry, healthcare and banking. She is known as a problem solver in startup, turnaround and workout situations using her strong marketing, technical, transaction and team-oriented skills. Ms. Sego passed her Series 7, 24 and 63 securities license exams. More background and contact information is available on Ms. Sego on LinkedIn.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I am most helpful in mentoring on topics of corporate structure, advising on funding options, setting up financial systems and financial modeling. I also can assist the entrepreneur in writing executive summaries, business plans and presenting to investment audiences.”

Dorota Shortell, president
Simplexity Product Development, Inc.

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Shortell has a passion for product innovation and an engineering mindset that is always searching for the simplest solution to complex problems. She leads Simplexity Product Development, a firm of approximately 50 people, that has been designing products and equipment for technology and bioscience firms for more than 20 years. Ms. Shortell graduated at the top of her class from Loyola Marymount University and earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University with a focus on design. She is a National Science Foundation fellow, Tau Beta Pi fellow, Institute for the Advancement of Engineering fellow and a US patent holder. Ms. Shortell was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region’s top business leaders, a member of the 2012 class of Forty under 40 award winners.

Mentoring Services Provided:

Ms. Shortell can advise in the areas of engineering and commercialization for companies and entrepreneurs. While Simplexity only works for existing corporations and funded startups, Ms. Shortell can help aspiring companies estimate engineering budgets needed to bring a product to market, while they are still in the fundraising phase.

Jeff Smith, managing director
Berkery, Noyes & Co, LLC

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Smith specializes in advising providers of software, data, analytics, information and services solutions to the global healthcare and life science industries. He is the former CEO and President, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, the medical publisher headquartered in Philadelphia. Prior to that he was President, Kluwer Academic Publishers, the science publisher headquartered in the Netherlands. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Wisconsin.

Mentoring Services Provided:

Mr. Smith offers services to the life sciences and healthcare technology areas in mergers and acquisitions, business development, strategy and market intelligence; international markets and trends; management and organizational development.

Matt Smits
Medspire Associates

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Smits has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the medical devices industry, ranging from various startups to global OEMs and business-to-business suppliers. His experience includes a variety of clinical applications and technologies, including diagnostic, therapeutic, imaging, surgical, interventional and implantable devices. He has the ability to synthesize complex strategic market opportunities and direct and execute new business toward growth. Mr. Smits can offer assistance with strategy, business development, strategic marketing, market development and technical sales, research and development and engineering management, business plans, SBIR funding, regulatory, IP development, licensing, outsourcing and supply chain.

Mr. Smits also can assist with talent management to build strong, high-performance teams. In addition to his role at Medspire, Mr. Smits is the current Chair, Board of Directors, Oregon Bioscience Association.

Mentoring Services Provided:

Mr. Smits can offer assistance with strategy, business development, strategic marketing, market development and technical sales, research and development and engineering management, business plans, SBIR funding, regulatory, IP development, licensing, outsourcing and supply chain.

David Starr, CEO
Sonivate Medical

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Starr has more than 30 years in marketing and operations for medical products. His experience includes product definition, market research and analysis, commercialization/adoption path, market development, fundraising and business development for medical and consumer healthcare devices.

He was part of the original DeskJet printer introduction team that presided over rapid growth from $200M to more than $3Bn in five years. At HP Medical he developed the defibrillator strategy that led to tremendous growth in use of this technology beyond hospital settings.

Mr. Starr also co-founded Inovise Medical, developer of the Atlas patient monitor, which was ultimately funded and distributed by Welch-Allyn as the first low cost patient monitor for outpatient surgery environments.

As CEO of Sonivate, he led the restart and turnaround, shedding more than $1M in debt and raising nearly $5M, including $3.5M in non-dilutive funding. His degrees include a BA, cum laude, from Pomona College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can assist companies in strategic planning, product definition, marketing/sales strategy, clinical/economic modeling, business development and financing strategy including non-dilutive funding.”

Audrey Staton, DVM
Audrey Staton Consulting

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Staton has a DVM, MBA with strong marketing, strategy and business planning background.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help companies think about market assessment, market research, forecasting, marketing strategy, product differentiation and positioning.”

Joe Sullivan, CPA and Partner
Delap LLP

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Sullivan brings more than a decade of experience in public accounting, working with both publicly held and privately owned companies. He primarily works with middle market and emerging companies in a variety of industries and is actively involved in the local life science and technology industries. With a passion for bringing financial clarity and direction to every client, Mr. Sullivan’s aptitude and knowledge for these industries provides clients with invaluable service.

Mr. Sullivan’s primary focus is providing tax planning and compliance services to companies and business owners, including merger and acquisition structuring, state and local tax minimization, tax incentive consulting, financial statement modeling and stock option planning. He also has extensive experience with ASC740, accounting for income taxes.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I am passionate about working with emerging companies and their founders. My goal is to become a trusted advisor who helps these companies with proactive planning, based on sound and timely financial data. My background is primarily in tax, but as part of one of the largest local CPA firms in the Portland area, we also can provide additional expertise in accounting, assurance or IT consulting.

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Alyssa Thomas, Principal Consultant
Allegiance Regulatory Consulting LLC

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Thomas has over 13 years of experience in the medical industry. She has guided companies through the medical device regulatory maze in order to successfully register and launch products globally. She initially worked as a product development engineer and then transitioned to the Regulatory Affairs department. She has her RAC (Regulatory Affairs Certification) professional credential from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. Her medical experience ranges from orthopedic implants, jet injection devices to ophthalmic devices. Alyssa is currently the principal consultant at Allegiance Regulatory Consulting LLC. Prior to her work in the medical industry, Alyssa worked as a process engineer, engineering manager and supplier quality engineer in the high-tech industry.

Mentoring Services Provided:

Alyssa can provide advice and assistance on regulatory strategy planning, global new product registration submissions, compliant quality management systems, regulatory authority interactions, compliant product labeling and interpretation of global standards, guidance documents and regulations. She can provide guidance on compliant product development activities that will allow companies to efficiently navigate the regulatory maze in order to launch products and generate revenue quickly.

Erik I. Tucker, PhD, co-founder & chief operating officer
Aronora, Inc.

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Tucker’s company is developing pioneering molecular-targeted therapies for the world’s deadliest blood clotting diseases including stroke and heart attack. He also is a part-time faculty member in the department of biomedical engineering at OHSU.

His academic research is focused on molecular nature of blood coagulation and its role in helping develop new and safer antithrombotic treatments. He has authored 27 scientific articles, and received several recognitions including the Young Investigator Award from the International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis and a T32 National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Tucker has directed nine Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants as principal investigator, and regularly serves as a reviewer for NIH SBIR/STTR grant applications. He also helped negotiate a strategic alliance with Bayer Healthcare.

His achievements were recognized in 2015 when he was selected as a member of the Portland Business Journal’s “40 under 40” class. His educational credentials include a BS degree from University of Oregon and a PhD in biomedical engineering from OHSU.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can assist in areas of business creation, formation of a good accounting infrastructure to support Federal grants and general management and leadership. In addition, I can advise on negotiating partner agreements, licensing technology from academic institutions, preparing for A-133 audits and all aspects of SBIR/STTR grants. I also can consult on biologic drug development in the preclinical stage.”

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Doug Vanisky, Creative Director, Brand Consultant
DeeJayDog Productions

Summary of Experience:

I specialize in branding for life sciences, medical devices, medical apps, and pharma. I provide brand strategy, creative direction, copywriting, digital strategy, content strategy, and creative services to healthcare startups. I also consult with larger medical brands to help them achieve better relations and budget management with their agency partners — by discovering efficiencies in the creative process and providing a bit of coaching on how to work better with (and get better work from) their agency.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help startups by audits of their brand strategy, creative, presentations, and pitches to provide strategic recommendations to improve desired outcomes.”

Lisa Wernli-Hunt, Accounting and Financial Consultant
Hunt Accounting Services

Summary of Experience:

Ms. Hunt has 15 years of experience as a consultant in a wide array of industries. She specializes in startup businesses; helping young companies develop accounting systems and processes.

She has particular expertise in the technology, life sciences and nonprofit sectors.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can advise on basic bookkeeping services, GAAP-based financial statements and preparation for audits or tax return filings.”

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Patti White, CEO, Co-founder
Meditopian, LLC

Summary of Experience:

Ms. White is a medical device executive with a career focus on commercialization of innovative technology. She is currently CEO of Meditopian, LLC which focuses on new medical device solutions for the developing world and underserved markets. Ms. White’s background is in developing and launching new consumer and medical technology, identifying global distribution channels, creating strategic partnerships, and building new companies. After a 13 year career at Hewlett Packard in marketing, R&D and international, Ms. White was co-founder and CEO of Inovise Medical, successfully raising $70M in venture, corporate and grant funding and developing three product lines distributed by corporate partners. Ms. White was also the VP and General Manager of RS Medical in the pain medicine market and then the Chief Commercial Officer for Brien Holden Vision Diagnostics, a social enterprise focused on eye care and traumatic brain injury. Ms. White has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in international business from the University of Washington. She is also an active Northwest mentor for Springboard Enterprises, an organization dedicated to building success for women-led start-ups and improving access to equity markets.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can help start-ups with business and marketing strategy, customer understanding, revenue model development, partnering strategy and how to communicate your company to investors and partners.”

Stevan Wittenbrock, Founder and President
SoMA, Inc.

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Wittenbrock has directed full-cycle product development programs for early-stage and Fortune 50 companies in more than 40 industries. He has worked as a designer, project manager and CEO. He has extensive experience with innovation methodologies, new product development strategies, user-centered design, environmental and regulatory compliance, manufacturing, and management of multidisciplinary product development teams.

He is committed to vigorous collaboration toward strategies that produce market-altering concepts, while mitigating the risk of failed product introductions. Mr. Wittenbrock holds numerous design and utility patents. He has received national and international design recognition for his compelling solutions.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can provide insight and guidance on development plans for innovative physical and digital products including functional specifications, material selection, user-centered design goals, proof-of-concept development, commercialization timelines and budgets. Initial discussions and guidance are provided at no charge.”

Gershon Wolfe, PhD
Gershon Wolfe, LLC

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Wolfe has a BS in chemistry from UCLA, a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Washington, and a postdoctoral fellowship from UCSF. He has more than 20 years of experience in the biotech field, and has worked for Nalorac, Incyte Pharmaceutical, Large Scale Biology, Predictive Diagnostics and Advanced Ideas in Medicine.

A specialist in bioinformatics, informatics and instrumentation, Dr. Wolfe has built sophisticated bioinformatics tools from scratch, and developed custom laboratory information management systems for both genomic and proteomic high throughput workflows. He also has experience in artificial intelligence software development in applications such as genetic algorithms, Hopfield models and support vector machines.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can assist new and existing companies on how to correctly and efficiently create a bioinformatics platform that will effectively address the issues that surround data analysis, data storage and growth; how to effectively hire the correct individuals and what platforms to use for software development, as well as how to set up projects between interdisciplinary groups within a company.”

Thomas D. Yager, PhD, Director
Immunexpress, Seattle, WA

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Yager has more than twenty years of experience in design, development and validation of molecular diagnostic assays for hereditary disease mutations, infectious diseases, multiple-analyte assays, pharmacogenomics and companion diagnostic assays.

He has managerial and strategic level consulting experience with several startup companies, and has done 510k and PMA submissions to the FDA for class II and class III medical devices.

His academic and healthcare affiliations have included University of Oregon, Weizmann Institute, Kings College London, Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto), and cross-appointment to the department of Molecular/Medical Genetics, University of Toronto.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“I can provide both strategic and ‘nuts and bolts’ tactical advice on all aspects of molecular diagnostics assay development. This can include design control, calibrators and controls, performance and validation studies for analytical and clinical validation and bridging studies. I also can assist with design, testing and validation of algorithms and software for data analysis and diagnostic decisions; comprehensive risk analysis and mitigation for design workflow, process and software risk.”

Joyce Yamamoto PhD, Medical Device Development

Summary of Experience:

Dr. Yamamoto is a technical leader in new technology product development and quality assurance of implantable components used in pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators, neurostimulators and drug pumps for pain and diabetes.

In her 11 years at Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management she focused on new business development and management of interdisciplinary, multi-cultural projects with internal business partners, external companies and in targeted collaborations with national labs and universities.

Prior to joining Medtronic she was a scientist at Motorola where she was involved in flat panel display and wireless communication technologies. She has 25 patents in the US and Japan.

Her degrees include a BS in ceramic engineering from UIUC, and an MS in ceramic science and engineering and a PhD in solid state science, both from Penn State.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“My particular expertise is providing guidance in medical device technology development and sourcing related topics.”

David C. Youngentob, MSc
Fertilab Thinkubator
University of Oregon, RAIN Eugene

Summary of Experience:

Mr. Youngentob is a scientist and business professional, with a background in molecular biology, biochemistry, venture startups, product/market strategies, incubation, and acceleration of high-growth companies.

Mentoring Services Provided:

“The main thing I can do is identify elements of business operations and strategies that lack internal expertise. I can use my network to connect entrepreneurs and business owners with partners who can help them reach their goals.”